I just found out recently that in a little less than a year, I will have two more house chickens living in my house. My boyfriend and I are currently long distance, but we have made plans to close the gap early next summer. He has two house chickens, a Silkie mix named Frizz, and a Buff Silkie named Pepper. Frizz will be two in May, and Pepper is about 3 and a half months old. My house can already get a little crazy with Sunni and Stephen around. It'll be interesting to add two more to the bunch!
Interesting indeed! Our cottage is only 927 square feet of living space and when we have to keep a sick chicken indoors it is crazy - with or without diapers it's a lot of work. I can't imagine having 4 indoor birds. You might have to figure a way to keep them outside. I mean, I adore my girls but I know it would get old really fast to have all 4 of them inside the house 24/7. They are, after all, birds that love to forage, dust-bathe, dig for worms, sun-bathe, run and flap their wings, even fly a bit. I love having my juveniles indoors to bond with us humans but after a month or two we're more than ready to move them outdoors. The only reason I can see for keeping a chicken indoors is if it is handicapped too severely to be integrated into an outdoor flock. I know an owner who has a pullet with a missing wing and tried to put her outdoors but the poor thing lost its balance, fell, and couldn't get up again - she was found flapping on her side and it was good she was quickly found and brought back into the house. She will have to be a permanent house chicken. Some people keep a couple indoor chickens as pets but give them time outdoors to do their chicken thing since indoor carpets aren't the best dust-bathing substance and there aren't any worms to scratch for in area rugs! GL and let us know how the experience turns out!